“Quick and Dirty” Pandemic: a Custom Transformers Toy

This is Pandemic, from the defunct MMO Transformers Universe:

Pandemic!

Pandemic!

For those who never played, or don’t remember the game, he was an ambitious Decepticon with a sibilant voice, a fondness for viral weapons and two vicious drills. He transformed into a very sleek, vaguely snake-looking car.

This is Knock Out, a Deluxe-size Transformers Toys from the Beast Hunters subline of Transformers Prime:

Knock-Out!

Knock-Out!

 What happens when you blend those two things? Well just look here after the jump…

Ta-dah!

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Pandemic in all his glory.

Not too much to say about this custom, it’s just a repaint and some shapeways weapons: The drills are “Two Twisty Drills” by SteamShield, and were designed by their maker for converting Combiner Wars Rook into a custom G1 Twin Twist. They’re mounted on drill-engines whose design I copied from the game itself. My title of this post “Quick and Dirty” fits both for this custom, and for Pandemic himself. Hilariously, his face is basically perfect. All I did to his head was take a lick of gold paint to the red bits. The custom’s shoulders are a bit small, but the big shoudlers aren’t a critical part of the character’s design: it’s the sneer, the drills and the glossy purple chest that make him distinctive.

The paint scheme is mostly Citadel paints covered in Baufix lacquer; to emulate the video-game character’s shine, I gave Pandemic a couple of coats of high-gloss lacquer, so he looks almost wet and slimy.

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How about you start taking orders from me, Commander?

Of course, there were no peg-holes in his arms originally, so I had to add some. Raised pegholes aren’t difficult to add, especially since there is an item on shapeways that does about three-quarters of the work. Again it’s by SteamShield, his 5mm Weapon Ports.

These ports can in a 4-pack, with a handy little thing in the middle that helps you position the stud-holes.

These ports come in a 4-pack, with a handy little thing in the middle that helps you position the stud-holes.

The raised post-hole pegs into the surface with two tiny studs and glue. Studs and stud-holes marked with red circles.

The raised post-hole pegs into the surface with two tiny studs and glue. Studs and stud-holes marked with red circles.

This Pandemic transforms quite nicely, although nothing is quite as nerve-wracking as transforming your hand-painted custom Transformer, and he doesn’t quite peg together perfectly in vehicle mode, due to paint on his pegs. Here’s his alt-mode in-game:

Pandemic's alt-mode looks slick and slightly mean. It suits him.

Pandemic’s alt-mode looks slick and slightly mean. It suits him.

The features of Croc-Knock’s car mode that make him looks so crocodilian make a nice base for the reptilian (more snaky) features of Pandemic’s car mode.

The spoilers peg-holes so he can stow his weapons in car mode. However, having done it, I decided it looks stupid.

The spoilers have peg-holes so he can stow his weapons in car mode. However, having done it, I decided it looks stupid. Note that they could still be mounted on the doors (where his arms are in robot-mode).

Again, his finish is incredibly glossy, and looks like he’s covered in a thin layer of some sort of wax or slime. I just wish I was good enough as a photographer to show it on-camera.


Pandemic & Mismatch

Pandemic (right) with his ally Mismatch, another my TFU-inspired customs

Pandemic is a nice simple custom, and really didn’t prove too strenuous, but I learned a couple of things making him. Now my desk is properly clear, I can get back to work on the Quintesson

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2 thoughts on ““Quick and Dirty” Pandemic: a Custom Transformers Toy

  1. Nice work on the custom – Looks great! 🙂

    You said something at the end that I need to do: Get a clear desk. I’ve got many projects on the go, mostly digital, so I work with clutter, but I certainly need to de-clutter! But my little collection of figures would be disappointed with me if I cleared the desk. Don’t look at me like that, Blinky!

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